I was working on some ideas for new restaurant art and made this. I’d like to go to the fish monger and paint a serious study of some real fish, but for now, these will have to do!
My work has been featured in the current issue of Literacy Head (Volume 1, issue 6)- an online magazine dedicated to teaching literacy through visual arts. The piece they chose is “Luncheon on the Grass”, after Manet’s famous painting of the same title. It is featured in a section called “Write Starts” which they describe as follows:
Images to give writers ideas
Let our collection of images of people listening to and telling stories give your writers ideas! These paintings and illustrations point to the universal nature of telling and listening. What might these characters be saying or hearing? What do these images make you think of? Talk about it, then write about it.
This looks like a great resource for parents, teachers and kids! As I’m very interested and involved in encouraging kids to use their imaginations- whether in art, science or writing- I couldn’t be happier to see my art used in this capacity~
If you would like to view my art and other articles and features at Literacyhead.com you can sign up for a free two week subscription. The current issue will be up for two weeks.
I have been given the great honor of creating artwork for a another Brooklyn Oenology wine label! Brooklyn Onenology is a Brooklyn-based winery owned and operated by master vintner and art lover Alie Shaper. Not only do her labels feature Brooklyn artists, the labels peel off the bottles- so you get wine and an art sticker!
In 2008 I created a label for her 2006 Syrah-Petite Verdot-Malbec-Merlot blend called “Motley Cru” which won several wine awards including New York Food and Wine Classic’s Silver Medal. Motley Cru 2006 was also selected as Best of Appellation, from Appellation America. You can see my label art for Motley Cru at brooklynoenology.com (click on “artists” and select my name) If you see this wine in your local wine shop- buy it! It’s almost completely sold out and hard to come by. I can attest that it is one of my favorite wines- rich, subtle and wonderful.
This year, I created a label for a wine called “Friend.” It’s a Riesling and portions of the proceeds will be donated to support animal welfare and health. “Friend” will be released soon- stay in touch to hear details about a wine release-Jen Ferguson art party; we’ll have wonderful wine to taste, posters and art!
This is a mock up of the label- not a final version- but pretty much how it will look. Enjoy!
I don’t often do work for hire, but occasionally someone who likes my drawing style will ask me to do a piece for them, based on work I’ve already made. This art was made for a business card for a woodworker/carpenter who admired my work. The idea was his, interpreted in my drawing style. I think it turned out well; I like the character’s dreamy and mischievous look.
I really hope that you like this mouse! I caught it with its pink paws trying to steal some cornflakes (that you bought out of your hard-earned paycheck, by the way) wedged under the cabinets. He tried to give me the slip by jumping into the pantry-but I, your loyal house cat, was able to nab his sneaky tail before he could get too far, and it was curtains for him.
First, we played a fun little game of you-know-what for a while. I left him alive (more or less). I figured you might like to play with him too- before we eat him that is. Anyhow, I hope my little giftee pleases you and shows you how much I totally appreciate your getting me the wet food sometimes (the seafood blend is much better than that liver stuff, but whatever), and cleaning out my box every day; I really like it clean always (every day would be ideal, but I know you get busy), and that kinda stuff. I even like the cardboard scratcher you got me that once time too, although truth be told, sinking my claws into the new couch feels better.
p.s. Oh wait, what? Where’s your kid’s pet what? Pet MOUSE? It’s white, you say… ? Next time you get your kid a pet, especially one that looks, smells, runs and tastes like a mouse, it’d be good to let me know ahead of time. (I am real sorry about that. I hope this doesn’t change anything between us.)